‘Royal Rebel Uncle’ wants to be regent 

By Celani Sikhakhane 

Members of the Zulu Royal family have accused Prince Mbonisi kaBhekuzulu, the prince known as the “Royal Royal Uncle” of trying to dethrone King Misuzulu KaZwelithini because he wishes to become the regent.

A senior royal family member said Prince Mbonisi has rejected Prince Simakade kaZwelithini who is challenging the throne in court and supports the six-year-old Prince Nhlendla who is the youngest son of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu and Queen Zola LaMafu of the Ondini Royal Palace.

“He proposed the name of Prince Nhlendla because he wants to be the regent on his behalf until Nhlendla  turns 18. Now he is supporting Prince Buzabazi of Queen Buhle kaMathe of KwaDlamahlahla. He badly wants the regent status,” said another royal source. 

Another senior royal family member said Prince Mbonisi rejected Prince Simakade kaZwelithini who is challenging the throne in court and supports the six-year-old Prince Nhlendla. 

Prince Mbonisi was in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Thursday trying to get the court to stop King Misuzulu from receiving state benefits. 

The senior royal aunts who spoke to Scrolla.Africa on condition of anonymity said Prince Mbonisi of the eKhwezi Royal House is trying to take over as regent. 

“He was angry when King Misuzulu KaZwelithini was announced as heir to the throne of the Zulu nation. He even suggested that the process should be stopped and allow the regent to take over until the nomination process is completed. That’s why Princess Thembi was so angry about his behaviour over the throne,” said one of the aunts.

Scrolla.Africa has learned that last week Prince Mbonisi went to kwaKhangela Mankengane Royal Palace to meet his siblings. 

It is understood that the king was furious to the extent that he instructed his security details to close all the gates and allow entrance at the palace to only his siblings.

A source said His Majesty said that if they wanted to meet with him, they must withdraw all the court cases against him.

Prince Mbonisi said King Misuzulu needed to step down as the chairperson of the Ingonyama Trust because the throne is still under dispute in court.

He also wants the state to stop its support for His Majesty including the withdrawal of payment of legal fees. 

The Ingonyama Trust has already announced that it won’t continue to pay King Misuzulu’s legal fees.

The Pietermaritzburg High Court is expected to rule on the matter in two weeks time.

Suggested tweet: Fresh claims that Prince Mbonisi kaBhekuzulu of the eKhwezi Royal House wants to be a regent. 

Pictured above: Royal rebel uncle Prince Mbonisi who is said to be eyeing the position of regent. 

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